Lady Dragons will warm up for playoffs vs. Lovejoy

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While Carroll volleyball closes out the regular season Tuesday against Keller Timber Creek, the Lady Dragons (41-1, 13-0 in District 4-5A) were looking forward to Friday’s warm-up match at Frisco Lovejoy.

Over the last three years, Carroll is 133-7, and three of those seven losses have come to Lovejoy. Carroll is on a three-match losing streak to Lovejoy. Lovejoy is one of the traditional Class 4A state powers and title contenders. The match is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.

“We’ll stress this as a playoff match because of the energy and emotion that will be involved,” Carroll coach Arthur Stanfield said. “This is a great opportunity because it will be loud over there, and it’s going to be a hostile environment.”

What Stanfield doesn’t know is how he’ll play the match regarding his personnel. Throughout the district season, he’s gone with a plan of using his starters through the first two sets and playing his reserves in the third. There’s been occasion for him to blend in a senior or two in a third set, but that’s been rare.

Stanfield said he would keep the same idea for Timber Creek. Should Carroll have swept Timber Creek, the Lady Dragons would have gone 42-0 in their quest for perfection in terms of winning all 14 matches without dropping a set. They were going to take Saturday off.

The Lovejoy match strategy just depends on whether he thinks this squad needs to change its preparation.

“We do a lot more playing in practice with drills and playing against each other,” he said. “We’ll just see how it goes.”

Concerns on Drescher

Stanfield isn’t shy when he calls junior middle blocker Madison Drescher his best player. But she also isn’t at full potential, as she’s been playing with a sore right shoulder. While Drescher played last week against Keller Central and Keller, Stanfield said she wasn’t at her best.

That’s a concern as the postseason begins early next week.

“She did OK, but she’s not 100 percent,” he said. “There was a stretch of about six or eight matches was she was the player on the court and a very dominating player. She has lost some of that over the last two weeks.

“I just don’t know if she’s trying to save herself for the postseason or if the shoulder is really bothering her. We just need her to be a dominant player. We could be OK if she’s not healthy, but we’re just going to have to see how this week goes.”

Still, Stanfield said senior middle blocker Tiffanie Nymeyer has had the most consistent district season of any of his players.

Playoff setup

The Lady Dragons have the top seed in 4-5A and will meet the fourth seed in 4-5A in the bi-district round. That will either be North Crowley or Arlington Lamar.

Those teams played each other Tuesday. If Lamar won, then Carroll faces North Crowley. If North Crowley won, then there would be a playoff to determine who gets the third seed.

Regardless, District 3-5A and 4-5A coaches will meet Wednesday to determine bi-district playoff matchups.

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